|Desc||Emerson’s adventure at Roma started off in the worst possible way as he damaged knee ligaments and only returned to action for the last four months of the 2000-01 season. His acrimonious transfer to Juve was followed by spells at Real Madrid and Milan and the 33-year-old signed for Brazilian outfit Santos last July|
|Org||Brazil National Team|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2016 05 29 Retrieve
[Former Brazil international Emerson has warned Alvaro Morata to think twice about leaving Juventus for a return to Real Madrid] I’d tell Morata to think twice before leaving Juventus for Real Madrid. Real Madrid are a team that every player dreams of. I lived that dream, so I know the environment and how difficult it is to play there. It was very different to Italy in terms of mentality and that made me struggle in the first few months.
This is why I tell Morata to think twice and carefully consider the situation. Real Madrid are the top, but Juve have found a calm about them, with an atmosphere around the club that helps to protect the players. In Madrid, if you don’t score for two games, you are considered unimportant, some kind of pointless extra. Morata would not be given the kind of consideration he receives at Juve.
[Juve has been heavily linked with deals for Barcelona defensive duo Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano] Dani has done stratospheric things with Barca, but Serie A and La Liga are two very different leagues. Of course he has great quality, but playing for a team like Barca, who are at the top of Europe, is perhaps easier than in other realities
2017 01 18 Retrieve
[Former Brazil international Emerson lauds Arturo Vidal and Charles Aránguiz] Vidal is a player that I really like, I’ve always liked, he’s very dynamic, he’s very intelligent and he’s at an optimum level, he’s part of the world elite. Chile has a good technique, with players with very good technical skills, always preserving their game and few teams can do that. Chile has grown a lot with players of many qualities and players with a very high level that they can understand what it is to play soccer, similar to the Brazilians. That is why the Chileans like Brazil and they identify with the Brazilian soccer and I like Chile very much. I love to see their matches. I think they have had competent coaches because their tranquility and mentality has been transferred to the players: that is important and that’s why it is a highly respected side
[Emerson named another Chilean player that is to his liking] I saw Aránguiz play for Inter, I lived many years in Porto Alegre, I am a ‘Gremista’ and he played very well there so he was hated by me (laughs). He was doing excellent and I was very sorry when he was injured in Bayer Leverkusen -I love very much-, but he’s a very intelligent player, with a strong head and he went ahead. Chile knows that a World Cup is difficult and not only for them, even for Brazil that being local had a lot of pressure, and in others being favorites, as well. Chile has to keep working, and can grow more. It’s acute football, the coaches have given continuity
2020 04 12 Retrieve
[Emerson has told Barcelona he feels ready to play for the first team amid rumours he could move to Camp Nou this year] First Setien and then Rubi insisted I should defend better. I get forward easily, but it’s harder at the back. I started working on that and things have changed a lot. The reality is, in Brazil, I didn’t have to do as much as a defender. Closing spaces and tactics are much more at work in Europe than there. I didn’t think I’d get to this level so early. I think this season I’m having is without a doubt the best of my life. Things are going quickly for me. I’m young, but I’m ready to play for any team.
Yes, I’m ready to play for Barcelona. I’ve also been asked before about going up to the Brazil senior team and my answer was the same. I’m not scared at all. Playing for Barca is a dream I’ve had since I was a child. I was always a Barca fan for the Brazilian stars that played there, like Ronaldinho or Dani Alves. And also for [Lionel] Messi or [Eric] Abidal. I have four idols: Dani Alves, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Marcelo. Many people compare my story with Alves’, yes. He’s an example. I also want to play in the Champions League with Barcelona and win as many cups as possible